A rollercoaster ride down Embarcadero.
San Francisco is a city that competes with the best of ‘em. High rises and tech start-ups add to the bustling downtown scene while Japanese tea gardens and lush hiking trails just minutes away offer respite from them. There is so much to do that the city can become an overwhelming playground for the senses, but if you thought choosing where to go was hard before, allow us to both lighten and load down that burden. Most coastal towns in the U.S has a pier or two, but none come close to the fanfare and reverie put into the merry-go-round of activities packed into San Francisco’s pier district. Walking along the many wharfs unfolds a new adventure with every step. Near perfect weather and views that stretch the bay to reveal notable sites, such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, just serve to preserve the fond memories formed between these docks.
Go from watching sports in 100-year-old bars to trying, in our opinion, the best damn clam chowder in the bay area. If architecture is your thing then the Ferry Building on Pier 1 will be right up your alley. The beautiful part about being there is it is a foodie paradise, so feast your eyes and feed your appetite at the same time. Ocean-faring enthusiasts, on the other hand, might find San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park just the place to float your boat. No matter what your fancy, there’s a pier that has it. Arcades? Check. Beautiful views and barking seals? Check. Whiskey bars, ferry tours, and fresh, locally sourced produce? Check, check and triple check.
Take a look at our Native Notes below for some of our favorite piers and the activities you can enjoy while on them.
Or just hit the Ferry Building Marketplace on Pier 1. We totally mentioned that above, but if your favorite part of travel revolves around food then we’d be doing you a disservice by not reiterating this tidbit.